Sunday, April 8, 2018

Production number 2

In all I delivered 23 pieces of silver-plated objects to Maleny Additions. Add to that 6 peace leaves and you can see why I thought it was useful to separate the products out into two posts.

©2018 Barry Smith - Cut and ground front end in the metal dapping block
I'm focussing on Leaf Tea Caddy Spoons and Leafspoons in this post. One would think that because the objects are both spoons the process would be the same - similar but not the same.

First some images of the Tea Caddy Spoons,

©2018 Barry Smith - Dapping tool and hydraulic press form bowl
©2018 Barry Smith - Pressed bowls - they will need further work at the end of the process
©2018 Barry Smith - Folding in the vise without damaging the bowl
©2018 Barry Smith - After gently finishing the folding on the anvil the leaf form is hammered
©2018 Barry Smith - Opening the leaf forms on the anvil edge
©2018 Barry Smith - Looking good
And the old favourite Leafspoons.

©2018 Barry Smith - Folding the flat leaf blank in the vise
©2018 Barry Smith - All forms half folded in the vice
©2018 Barry Smith - Folding finished on the anvil with a nylon hammer and then the leaf form is hammered with metal hammer
©2018 Barry Smith - Leaf forms opened on the anvil edge but bowl is still flat
©2018 Barry Smith - The hardwood timber form I made for creating the bowl shape - well worn
©2018 Barry Smith - Ball hammer used to sink the bowl form
©2018 Barry Smith - Ready for grinding and polishing
©2018 Barry Smith - Seven Leafspoons looking good
If you study the photos you will note that the main difference in the sequence is that in regard to the Tea Caddy Spoons the bowl shape must be done first - it just cant be done elegantly after forming the leaf. Whereas with the Leafspoons the bowl is done last so that it does not collapse when forming the leaf as it would if done first as in the case of the tea caddy spoons.


  1. love seeing how you make your beautiful spoons (((Barry)))

    1. Hi MC - I'll just need to stay committed to doing the process book. B


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